Shankle Commits to UNC

NORWOOD, N.C. --- For the third consecutive day, North Carolina added a new name to its verbal commitment list. Monday morning Terry Shankle announced his pledge to the Tar Heels.

"I really like [N.C.] State, [North] Carolina, and Tennesse, but I'm going to announce I am going to Carolina," Shankle said during a press conference held at South Stanly High School Monday morning.

Shankle, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, NC State, and Tennessee.

"I felt at home [at UNC]," Shankle said. "It was not too far away, but it was far enough. I can come home every weekend.

"It's a good [football] program. I really liked the coaches and how the players acted towards each other. I really wanted to be a part of the team.

"I just felt like it was the right school for me and I had a great chance of playing and developing."

Throughout his recruitment, Shankle frequently visited UNC -- more often than any other school.

"It helped me to feel comfortable [on campus]," Shankle said of his frequent visits to UNC. "It helped me get familiar with the area and the people."

In mid-September, Shankle publicly declared UNC his leader.

"After I went to Tennessee, I liked Tennessee a lot," Shankle said. "… But I still liked Carolina and [N.C.] State, so Carolina, State and Tennessee were tied. Then, I started to really like Carolina. But when the Tennessee coach got fired, that just helped my decision."

For South Stanly, Shankle starts at both wide receiver and defensive back. He also handles punt and kickoff return duties.

UNC projects Shankle as a cornerback. However, he figures to be in contention for returning, as well as some special plays on offense.

"I have a high chance of playing my first year," Shankle said. "If there isn't room at corner [my first year], my athleticism will help me get on the field on special teams or offense."

Sunday evening, before ending his UNC official visit, Johnnie Farms switched his verbal commitment from South Carolina to UNC. Hawatha Bell verbally committed to the Tar Heels before the kickoff of the UNC-NC State game Saturday afternoon.

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